In the not so distant future, the overpopulation and overfilling of landfills has led Japanese bioengineers to create Bio Meat, known simply as B-M, that eat trash, produce more of themselves, and can be killed for food. But when an earthquake frees some B-M from their containment center, the situation rapidly spirals out of control. With B-M eating everyone in sight, four middle school students flee the gruesome carnage found in their classroom and search for their parents and safety. Can brash Maaya, quiet Kanomiya, intelligent and cold Shingo, and always-eating Banba survive, let alone anyone?
In secret, alien parasites drift downwards toward Earth. Their directive: to take control of a human body and thrive in secret. When a parasite attempts to take over Shinji, an ordinary high school student, he stops it in his arm to save his mind. With the strange power of amorphous muscle, the curious parasite strikes an uneasy truce with Shinji: it will keep him alive and strong so that it may continue living, and will help protect him from the other parasites that might not take kindly to Shinji's mind still actively working. Can Shinji gain the courage to face the parasites and protect humanity? And would it even make a difference if he did?
Bio Meat and Parasyte are both somewhat survival horror-esque, but most importantly the art style of one TOTALLY reminds me of the other. When the Bio Meat casually eat an unsuspecting person and the aliens in Parasyte rip someone apart, the same sort of black comedy ensues - or maybe I'm just bizarre. @_@ Regardless, check the other out and see what I mean.
Both manga share a dry humor and attention to detail that complements the suspense and horror of the main plot. While its plot is more introspective, Parasyte also examines many of the same themes as Bio Meat in similarly gory circumstances.
Very similar, yet very different. And, I absolutely love them both. They both feature odd alien/monster things that are destroying the human race, and a team to stop them. While, Biomeat has a group of kids fighting for their own survival, Parasyte has a team up of a teenage dude and oe of the aliens fighting for everyones survival. Excellent reads, both of them.
Reality TV has hit a new and disturbingly graphic low with ‘The Program,' a television series in which a purposely chosen ninth-grade class is forced to fight to the death on a remote island. With only minimal survival gear and a random weapon, each student must survive and kill their friends until only one winner remains; if the group refuses to play, all of its members are killed by the electronic collars around their necks. Girlfriends and boyfriends betray each other, friends are brutally slain by their closest companions and alliances are made and broken. On screen for the world to see, only the strongest will survive this horrific, sadistic game...
While not sharing too many philosophical similarities, Bio Meat and Battle Royale both go down in the same way:
1. Deadly situation
Both manga use some plot device to get a group of characters in a desperate survival situation that tests the limits of their capabilities. Both are filled with gore, but Battle Royale has other much more explicit content as well.
There are many similarities between character development as well; for example, brave male protagonists that wear their hearts on their sleeves. Each story also has a diverse cast of characters that react to the situation in a different way. Some band together, some try to take advantage of the chaos, and some go insane - but in all cases this facet proves one of the most captivating of both manga.
If you liked Bio Meat, you will certainly enjoy Battle Royale; however, I give a slightly less enthusiastic recommendation the other direction. Battle Royale becomes deeply psychological and investiates the motives of its characters, while Bio Meat is more a shonen-style romp.
In the future, humanity has destroyed the world’s plant and animal life out of greed and consumption. Meat is biologically created from animal cells to eat, and little remains of what used to be the environment. However, when a mutated, engineered chicken breast morphs into a sentient, vengeful being and human children begin to be born with green hair and spots, it becomes clear that mankind’s fate is anything but secure…
Okinawa was the first affected; swarms of fish with spindly legs rose from the sea, carrying with them an overpowering stench of death. Kaori and Tadashi find themselves in the midst of the incident and quickly travel to Tokyo to ask for Tadashi's scientist uncle's help - but even Tokyo isn't safe for long, and sea creatures aren't the only beings affected by the horror...
Both manga take a funny, but human look at the destruction of the world while gazing out on horrific vistas. If you found the progression from localized disgusting problem to apocalyptic landscape engaging in Bio Meat, you'll find much to love in the GASHUNK-tastic tale of Gyo.